Picking a pupular breed

ST. PAUL -- Minnesota lawmakers want to settle the score about which pup is officially the state's official dog breed.

Raven, a 12-year-old Labrador retriever, sat at owner Ron Schara's feet during a news conference Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2019. Lawmakers proposed making the Labrador retriever the state dog breed in a bill named after Raven. Dana Ferguson / FORUM NEWS SERVICE

Raven, a 12-year-old Labrador retriever, sat at owner Ron Schara's feet during a news conference Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2019. Lawmakers proposed making the Labrador retriever the state dog breed in a bill named after Raven. Dana Ferguson / FORUM NEWS SERVICE

On Tuesday, Jan. 29, a so-called "bi-paw-tisan" group of lawmakers put up their pick for the dog that should represent Minnesota: the Labrador retriever. Joined at a news conference by three lab retrievers, the proposal's sponsors Sen. Carrie Ruud, R-Breezy Point, and House Minority Leader Kurt Daudt, R-Crown, said the bill was aimed at raising awareness about the role service dogs play and helping kids learn how to track bills.

And an added perk? Both said they were also eager to bring the dogs to the Capitol to break down political tensions.

House Minority Leader Kurt Daudt, R-Crown, pets his Labrador retriever Lucy and service dog Daniel at a news conference supporting making the breed the state's official dog Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2019. Dana Ferguson / FORUM NEWS SERVICE

House Minority Leader Kurt Daudt, R-Crown, pets his Labrador retriever Lucy and service dog Daniel at a news conference supporting making the breed the state's official dog Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2019. Dana Ferguson / FORUM NEWS SERVICE

"What better way to develop relationships than to have something positive, bring a little joy back to the Capitol?" Ruud said.

The state has chosen other state animals in the past like the state bird, the loon; state fish, the walleye; and state butterfly, the monarch. And it has other official symbols ranging from foods to flowers to songs.

And now, the measure's backers said, it's time to pick a top dog. 

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